WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Code Concerns Watch out for speed bumps. Not knowing building codes can stop a project in its tracks. Town rules affect the addition of any struc- ture, even one as simple as a deck. Gordon says not to neglect due diligence. Visit the planning board. Call the town hall. Unearth restrictions before investing time and money. Style One of architect Jan Gleysteen's recent proj- ects was an extreme makeover on a beachside Cape Cod home. Between the house and the sort of ocean-side vista that inspires poets and painters, one finds the best place to take it all in: the deck. This deck, however, had been ravaged by sun, sea, and salt and needed a facelift. Gleysteen ripped away the old planking and replaced it with something that could take on the elements: synthetic wood. In order to keep viewers safe behind a railing, Gleysteen rimmed the deck with super thick plate glass capable of weathering whatever the Atlantic tosses shoreside without obstructing the glory of the ocean. However, the same railing system would be out of place stuck on the back of a cen- tral entry colonial. Considering your sur- roundings is an important part of the planning process, but so is picking up cues from the architecture. Interior designer Mollie Johnson says, "Take into considera- tion what's around. What are you looking at? What are you exposed to?" How can you 33 summer 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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